2014–15 in Scottish football

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Football in Scotland
Season 2014–15
2013–14 Scotland 0000
2014–15 in Scottish football
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Premiership champions
Championship champions
League 1 champions
League 2 champions
Scottish Cup winners
League Cup winners
Challenge Cup winners
Youth Cup winners
Teams in Europe
Celtic, Aberdeen, Motherwell, St. Johnstone
Scotland national team
UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying

The 2014–15 season is the 118th season of competitive football in Scotland. The domestic season began on 26 July 2014, with the start of the Challenge Cup.[1] The 2014–15 Scottish Professional Football League season commenced on 9 August, the weekend after the conclusion of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.[1]

Transfer deals[edit]

League competitions[edit]

Scottish Premiership[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Celtic 25 19 3 3 52 13 +39 60 Qualification to Champions League second qualifying round
2 Aberdeen 26 18 3 5 47 21 +26 57 Qualification to Europa League first qualifying round
3 Inverness Caledonian Thistle 27 16 5 6 41 27 +14 53
4 Dundee United 26 14 4 8 49 36 +13 46
5 Hamilton Academical 28 12 5 11 39 39 0 41
6 Dundee 27 10 9 8 39 38 +1 39
7 St. Johnstone 26 11 4 11 24 27 −3 37
8 Kilmarnock 26 9 6 11 29 35 −6 33
9 Partick Thistle 26 6 7 13 33 35 −2 25
10 Ross County 26 4 6 16 27 52 −25 18
11 St. Mirren 27 5 3 19 21 46 −25 18 Qualification to Scottish Premiership play-offs
12 Motherwell 26 5 3 18 18 50 −32 18 Relegation to Scottish Championship
Updated to match(es) played on 24 February 2015. Source: Scottish Premiership
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored

Scottish Championship[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Promotion or relegation
1 Heart of Midlothian 25 21 3 1 64 17 +47 66 Promotion to the 2015–16 Scottish Premiership
2 Hibernian 25 13 7 5 50 23 +27 46 Qualification to Scottish Premiership play-offs Semi-final
3 Rangers 23 14 3 6 45 24 +21 45 Qualification to Scottish Premiership play-offs Quarter-final
4 Falkirk 26 10 10 6 39 35 +4 40
5 Queen of the South 24 11 6 7 42 29 +13 39
6 Raith Rovers 24 8 6 10 27 42 −15 30
7 Dumbarton 25 6 5 14 27 59 −32 23
8 Alloa Athletic 25 4 6 15 19 36 −17 18
9 Cowdenbeath 24 5 3 16 21 56 −35 18 Scottish Championship play-offs
10 Livingston 25 4 5 16 25 38 −13 0121 Relegation to 2015–16 Scottish League One

Updated to games played on 27 February 2015.
Source: BBC Sport
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1 Livingston were deducted 5 points due to failure of tax payments.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Scottish League One[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Stranraer 25 13 7 5 43 28 +15 46 Promotion to the 2015–16 Scottish Championship
2 Greenock Morton 25 14 3 8 41 29 +12 45 Qualification to the Scottish Championship play-offs
3 Forfar Athletic 25 13 6 6 38 29 +9 45
4 Brechin City 24 11 9 4 39 28 +11 42
5 Dunfermline Athletic 25 10 6 9 35 26 +9 36
6 Peterhead 23 10 6 7 29 31 −2 36
7 Airdrieonians 25 8 9 8 36 31 +5 33
8 Ayr United 24 6 4 14 28 42 −14 22
9 Stenhousemuir 25 6 3 16 28 43 −15 21 Scottish League One play-offs
10 Stirling Albion 25 2 7 16 27 57 −30 13 Relegation to the 2015–16 Scottish League Two

Updated to games played on 24 February 2015.
Source: BBC Sport
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Scottish League Two[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Queen's Park 26 14 6 6 40 22 +18 48 Promotion to the 2015–16 Scottish League One
2 Arbroath 24 14 4 6 50 28 +22 46 Qualification to the Scottish League One play-offs
3 Albion Rovers 25 14 4 7 39 24 +15 46
4 Annan Athletic 25 10 6 9 37 34 +3 36
5 East Fife 24 8 8 8 35 33 +2 32
6 Berwick Rangers 25 8 6 11 44 38 +6 30
7 Elgin City 23 8 6 9 29 32 −3 30
8 Clyde 24 7 6 11 28 39 −11 27
9 East Stirlingshire 24 8 1 15 26 49 −23 25
10 Montrose 26 6 5 15 31 60 −29 23 Scottish League Two play-offs

Updated to games played on 24 February 2015.
Source: BBC Sport
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

SPFL Development League[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1 Aberdeen 22 17 1 4 65 31 +34 52
2 Hamilton Academical 21 16 1 4 58 19 +39 49
3 Falkirk 21 12 3 6 32 24 +8 39
4 Celtic 17 11 4 2 41 15 +26 37
5 Hibernian 21 10 6 5 57 38 +19 36
6 St Mirren 20 8 4 8 30 30 0 28
7 Kilmarnock 21 8 4 9 33 36 −3 28
8 Partick Thistle 20 8 2 10 35 51 −16 26
9 Rangers 19 7 4 8 36 35 +1 25
10 St Johnstone 20 7 3 10 23 30 −7 24
11 Dundee 19 7 3 9 22 33 −11 24
12 Dundee United 21 7 3 11 38 50 −12 24
13 Dunfermline Athletic 21 7 2 12 36 37 −1 23
14 Motherwell 20 6 5 9 31 36 −5 23
15 Heart of Midlothian 20 5 3 12 31 48 −17 18
16 Inverness Caledonian Thistle 20 3 4 13 21 59 −38 13
17 Ross County 17 2 6 9 28 45 −17 12

Source: SPFL
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.


Honours[edit]

Cup honours[edit]

Competition Winner Score Runner-up Match report
2014–15 Scottish Cup
2014–15 League Cup
2014–15 Challenge Cup
2014–15 Youth Cup
2014–15 Junior Cup

Non-league honours[edit]

Senior[edit]

Competition Winner
2014–15 Highland League
2014–15 Lowland League
East of Scotland League
South of Scotland League

Junior[edit]

West Region
Division Winner
2014–15 Super League Premier Division
Super League First Division
Ayrshire District League
Central District League First Division
Central District League Second Division
East Region
Division Winner
2014–15 Superleague
Premier League
North Division
South Division
North Region
Division Winner
2014–15 Superleague
First Division (West)
First Division (East)

Individual honours[edit]

PFA Scotland awards[edit]

Award Winner Team
Players' Player of the Year
Young Player of the Year
Manager of the Year
Championship Player
League One Player
League Two Player

SFWA awards[edit]

Award Winner Team
Footballer of the Year
Young Player of the Year
Manager of the Year

Scottish clubs in Europe[edit]

Celtic[edit]

Celtic played their first two home European ties in 2014–15 at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh because their normal home stadium, Celtic Park, was used for the opening ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.[2] In their third qualifying round tie, Celtic lost 4–1 to Legia Warsaw in Poland and 2–0 at Murrayfield, which appeared to give Legia a 6–1 aggregate victory.[3] The result of the second game was annulled by UEFA because Legia had fielded a player who should have been serving a suspension.[4] Celtic were instead given a 3–0 victory in the second leg, which meant that they won the tie on the away goals rule.[4] Celtic progressed to the Champions League playoff round, but then dropped into the Europa League groups after losing 2–1 on aggregate to Slovenian club Maribor.[5]

2014–15 UEFA Champions League
2014–15 UEFA Europa League

Aberdeen[edit]

2014–15 UEFA Europa League

Motherwell[edit]

2014–15 UEFA Europa League

St. Johnstone[edit]

2014–15 UEFA Europa League

Scotland national team[edit]

Women's football[edit]

League and Cup honours[edit]

Division Winner
Scottish Women's Premier League Glasgow City[7]
SWFL First Division Falkirk Ladies
SWFL Second Division North Dee Vale
SWFL Second Division West/South West Mill United
SWFL Second Division East/Central East Fife
SWFL Second Division South East Boroughmuir Thistle
Competition Winner Score Runner-up Match report
Scottish Women's Cup Glasgow City 5 – 0 Spartans BBC Sport
Scottish Women's Premier League Cup Glasgow City 3 – 0 Hibernian BBC Sport
SWFL First Division Cup Hearts 3 – 1 Dunfermline Athletic Hearts FC
SWFL Second Division Cup Renfrew Ladies 9 – 3 Hamilton Caledonian The Gazette

Individual honours[edit]

SWPL awards[edit]

Award Winner Team
Players' Player of the Year Denise O'Sullivan Glasgow City
Player of the Year Kerry Montgomery Spartans
Manager of the Year Debbi McCulloch Spartans
Young Player of the Year Erin Cuthbert Rangers

Scottish Women's Premier League[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Glasgow City (C) 21 20 0 1 87 13 +74 60 2015–16 UEFA Women's Champions League Qualifying round
2 Rangers 21 13 4 4 71 24 +47 43
3 Hibernian 21 14 1 6 63 32 +31 43
4 Spartans 21 12 2 7 60 30 +30 38
5 Celtic 21 9 2 10 55 32 +23 29
6 Aberdeen 21 6 3 12 41 44 −3 21
7 Hamilton Academical 21 11 3 7 46 33 +13 36
8 Inverness City 21 8 2 11 40 73 −33 26
9 Hutchison Vale 21 6 6 9 21 57 −36 24
10 Forfar Farmington 21 5 4 12 33 85 −52 19
11 Queen's Park (R) 21 3 3 15 26 64 −38 12 Relegation to SWFL First Division
12 Buchan LFC (R) 21 4 0 17 30 94 −64 12

Updated to games played on 2 November 2014.
Source: Scottish Women's FA
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.


Scotland women's national team[edit]

Glasgow City[edit]

2014–15 UEFA Women's Champions League

Deaths[edit]

  • 4 July: Andy Jardine, 78, Dumbarton fullback.[8]
  • 11 July: Jim Geddes, 84, Motherwell defender and midfielder.[9]
  • 21 July: Stewart Hillis, 70, Scotland national team doctor.[10][11]
  • 22 July: Morris Stevenson, 71, Motherwell, Hibernian, Morton, Dundee United and Berwick Rangers inside forward.[12]
  • 28 July: Alex Forbes, 89, Scotland wing half.[13]
  • 17 August: Sammy Conn, 52, Falkirk, Albion Rovers, Clydebank, Airdrieonians and Cowdenbeath midfielder and Cowdenbeath manager.[14]
  • 27 August: Bobby Kinloch, 79, Hibernian, Greenock Morton, Berwick Rangers, Raith Rovers and Dunfermline Athletic player.[15]
  • 4 September: Willie Finlay, 88, East Fife, Clyde and Raith Rovers defender.[16]
  • 21 September: Tim Whalen, 83, Dumbarton forward.[17]
  • 22 September: Billy Neil, 75, Airdrieonians and Queen's Park defender.[18]
  • 23 September: John Divers, 74, Celtic and Partick Thistle forward.[19]
  • 30 September: Hugh Doherty, 93, Celtic winger.[20]
  • 26 October: Jim Sharkey, 80, Celtic, Airdrieonians and Raith Rovers forward.[21]
  • 29 October: Archie Murphy, 81, Alloa Athletic wing-half.[22][23]
  • November: Alex Bain, 78, Motherwell and Falkirk centre forward [24]
  • 8 November: Sammy Wilson, 82, St. Mirren and Celtic inside forward.[25]
  • 9 November: Sammy Reid, 75, Motherwell, Falkirk, Clyde, Berwick Rangers and Dumbarton inside forward.[26]
  • 13 November: Jim Storrie, 74, Airdrie, Aberdeen and St. Mirren centre forward; St. Johnstone manager.[27]
  • 26 November: Arthur Montford, 85, Scotsport commentator.[28]
  • 1 December: Jimmy Duncan, 83, Celtic, St. Mirren, Albion Rovers, Dundee United and Stranraer winger.[29]
  • 7 December: Tommy Todd, 88, Hamilton Academical inside forward.[30]
  • 7 December: Tom Mealyou, Berwick Rangers goalkeeper.[31]
  • 12 December: John Baxter, 78, Hibernian, Falkirk and Clydebank wing half.[32]
  • 19 December: Pat Holton, 78, Hamilton, Motherwell and St. Johnstone full back.[33]
  • 31 December: Jimmy Dunn, 91, Wolves and Derby County forward.[34]
  • 4 January: John McPhee, 77, Motherwell defender.[35]
  • 14 January: Danny Malloy, 84, Dundee and Clyde defender.[36]
  • 21 January: Douglas Cromb, 84, Hibernian chairman.[37]
  • 29 January: Derek Robertson, 65, St Johnstone goalkeeper.[38]
  • 8 February: Nick Sharkey, 71, Sunderland forward.[39]
  • 10 February 2015: Tom McQueen, 85, Leith Athletic, Alloa, Hibs, East Fife, Berwick Rangers and Stranraer goalkeeper.[40]
  • 23 February 2015: Andy King, 72, Kilmarnock defender.[41]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Dates revealed for season 2014/15 SPFL kick off". BBC Sport. BBC. 17 April 2014. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "Celtic choose Murrayfield for Champions League qualifiers". BBC Sport (BBC). 13 March 2014. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  3. ^ BBC Sport
  4. ^ a b The Guardian
  5. ^ Europa League draw: Everton face Lille and Wolfsburg, BBC Sport
  6. ^ "Gordon Strachan: Scotland boss impressed by James Forrest". BBC Sport. BBC. 15 December 2014. Retrieved 15 December 2014. 
  7. ^ "Glasgow City secure their eighth successive SWPL title". BBC Sport. BBC. 2 October 2014. Retrieved 2 October 2014. 
  8. ^ "Obituary: Andy Jardine, footballer, bowler, painter and salesman". The Scotsman. 18 July 2014. Retrieved 16 July 2014. 
  9. ^ "Former Cheltenham Town player Jim Geddes dies, aged 84". Gloucestershire Echo. 12 July 2014. Retrieved 16 July 2014. 
  10. ^ "Scotland team doctor Professor Stewart Hillis dies aged 70". Glasgow Evening Times (Herald & Times Group). 22 July 2014. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  11. ^ "Professor Stewart Hillis OBE". Partick Thistle FC. 22 July 2014. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  12. ^ Ross, Graeme (30 July 2014). "Obituary: Morris Stevenson, footballer". The Scotsman. Retrieved 31 July 2014. 
  13. ^ "Alex Forbes 1925-2014". www.arsenal.com. Arsenal FC. 28 July 2014. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  14. ^ "Sammy Conn". Evening Times. 19 August 2014. Retrieved 19 August 2014. 
  15. ^ Collin, Iain (29 August 2014). "Hibs legend Bobby Kinloch dies aged 79". The Scotsman. Retrieved 29 August 2014. 
  16. ^ "Obituary: Willie Finlay, East Fife footballer". The Scotsman. 9 September 2014. Retrieved 21 September 2014. 
  17. ^ Heaney, Bill. "Obituary: Thomas (Tim) Dunion Whalen, Dumbarton FC footballer and toolmaker". The Scotsman. 
  18. ^ Vallance, Matt (1 October 2014). "William Neil". The Herald (Herald & Times Group). Retrieved 2 October 2014. 
  19. ^ "Former Celt Divers dies". Football365. 23 September 2014. Retrieved 25 September 2014. 
  20. ^ "Hugh 'Dick' Doherty: Death of Celtic's oldest former player". BBC News. BBC. 30 September 2014. Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
  21. ^ [1]
  22. ^ [2]
  23. ^ ALLOA ATHLETIC : 1946/47 - 2013/14
  24. ^ OBITUARY – ALEX BAIN 1936- 2014.
  25. ^ Wilson, Joe (10 November 2014). "7-1 GOAL HERO, SAMMY WILSON, PASSES AWAY". www.celticfc.net. Celtic FC. Retrieved 12 November 2014. 
  26. ^ Maxwell, Tom (12 November 2014). "Obituary: Sammy Reid, footballer". The Scotsman. Retrieved 12 November 2014. 
  27. ^ Wobschall, Leon (13 November 2014). "Leeds United: Former Whites striker Storrie passes away". Yorkshire Evening Post. Retrieved 23 November 2014. 
  28. ^ "Football broadcaster Arthur Montford dies, aged 85". BBC News. BBC. 26 November 2014. Retrieved 26 November 2014. 
  29. ^ "Death of former Celt, Jimmy Duncan". www.celticfc.net. Celtic FC. 5 December 2014. Retrieved 21 December 2014. 
  30. ^ Tommy Todd
  31. ^ Tom Mealyou
  32. ^ "JOHN BAXTER". Hibernian FC. 12 December 2014. Retrieved 13 December 2014. 
  33. ^ "Pat Holton". www.acciesfc.co.uk. Hamilton Academical FC. 19 December 2014. Retrieved 21 December 2014. 
  34. ^ "Obituary: James Dunn Junior, footballer". The Scotsman. 6 January 2015. Retrieved 7 January 2015. 
  35. ^ John McPhee
  36. ^ "Obituary: Danny Malloy, footballer". The Scotsman. 19 January 2015. Retrieved 23 January 2015. 
  37. ^ Douglas Cromb: Obituary
  38. ^ LONG-SERVING GOALKEEPER DEREK ROBERTSON PASSES AWAY
  39. ^ Heaney, Bill (17 February 2015). "Obituary: Nick Sharkey, footballer". The Scotsman. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  40. ^ Ex-Scots keeper Tom McQueen, father of Gordon, dies at 85
  41. ^ "Kilmarnock have announced former defender Andy King has died". www.skysports.com. BSkyB. 24 February 2015. Retrieved 25 February 2015.